World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan doffs his hat to Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan doffs his hat to Ben Stokes, Jofra ArcherBen Stokes (89 and 2 for 12) and Jofra Archer (3 for 27) played starring roles for England who crushed South Africa by 104 runs in the opening match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at The Oval on Thursday.advertisement Saurabh Kumar LondonMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 23:23 IST England players celebrate taking the wicket of South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland defeat South Africa by 104 runs to win Cricket World Cup openerBen Stokes hit 89, picked up 2 wickets and took a blinderArcher accounted for 3 important wickets and rocketed South Africa’s battingEoin Morgan, the England captain, was delighted after the hosts wrapped up an emphatic 104-run victory in the opening match of World Cup 2019 against South Africa, confirming their tag as pre-tournament favourites.Eoin Morgan has heaped praise on England’s star performer Ben Stokes who scored 89, picked up 2 wickets and then proceeded to pull off an incredible one-handed catch to remove South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo.”Delighted to be off and running in this tournament. It’s more satisfying than normal. We were very good today, the wicket didn’t allow us to execute our plan which is to try and score quite a considerable total,” Morgan said in the post-match presentation ceremony.”Extremely impressed. He (Stokes) had a field day and especially that catch he took was absolutely outstanding. To have a match-winner like that in the side, he is someone who lifts absolutely everybody and I thought the bowling unit really did get off to a great start and continued to learn from the first innings and then put into place in second innings,” Morgan added.Morgan also spoke of the importance of a matured side which has gone through a complete turnaround in the last two years. “I thought the maturity and smart cricket we played shows the effort we put in the last two years and the experience as well. Extremely impressed.”South Africa were outplayed by hosts England in all the three departments as Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer put on impressive performances with the bat and bowl respectively as England start their World Cup campaign on a winning note.advertisementEoin Morgan was also impressed with the performance of Jofra Archer who took 3 important wickets after knocking Hashim Amla on the helmet, thus forcing him to retire hurt and setting the tone for England’s outrageous.”Slowish pitch, he (Archer) bowled fast and accurate and it’s outstanding. He is taking everything in his stride at the moment and he is improving everyday and that’s very exciting. Huge amount of pleasure. It’s an area we were always trying to improve on and certainly we are looking for match winning contributions in the field,” he signed off.Also Read | England vs South Africa World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer power England to opening night winAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Faf du Plessis rues Dale Steyn absence after opening loss to England Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow EnglandFollow Eoin Morganlast_img

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